Villainous Gamora, mechanical Rocket Raccoon + more Guardians details

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Aug 23, 2013

Now that filming for Guardians of the Galaxy is happening in earnest, we're finding out more and more about our unlikely heroes. 

Guardians has become the Marvel movie where, the more you hear about it, the more intriguing it becomes. Still licking our collective wounds from the bomb that was the Green Lantern movie, most of us comic fans have been very hesitant to see another space-based superhero team hit the big screen. Somewhere along the line, though, with the leaked trailer, James Gunn at the helm, some inspired casting and a bald Karen Gillan, we started to become believers.

The latest word from Marvel lord and master Kevin Feige is making us further believers even still. He's revealed some key details about each of the Guardian team members.

They are an unlikely band. It's pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie. Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he's an experiment from one part of the galaxy. Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, "I am Groot." Peter Quill left Earth in the mid'80s, but when we meet back up with him he's very much a citizen of the universe. Drax has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy. When we meet Gamora, she's a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula and Korath, and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn't necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren't greeting her with open arms.

First, of all, yes, Gamora starting as a villain was the headline for a reason. Her playing bad is not only narratively intriguing, it also makes a lot of sense. But can we talk about Groot? It sounds like he may just say the line "I am Groot" a lot, but in slightly different ways. It's hard to pinpoint why, but that feels hilariously inspired. All of this doesn't even mention Drax as an intergalactic Inigo Montoya or Peter Quill being an outer-space '80s kid.

Make no mistake. There is no middle ground here -- Guardians of the Galaxy is either going to be mind-blowingly amazing or fall spectacularly on its face. But if you're doing a movie like this, you've got to go big or go home. So we're glad they're going big.

How about you?

(via Comic Book Movie)

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